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Telemedicine Holds Promise for Veterans with PTSD

By Catherine Pugh, Health IT Now

According to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, using interactive video services to deliver care to rural veterans suffering from PTSD is at least equivalent to in-person care and can actually improve outcomes.

December 11th: Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics

Health IT Now and the Center for Data Innovation are hosting a day-long conference, Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics.

The conference will occur on Thursday, December 11th with a kick-off reception the evening before on Wednesday, December 10th.

View the full invitation and the complete conference agenda.

Health IT Top Challenge for Fiscal Year 2014, According to HHS

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled Fiscal Year 2014 Top Management and Performance Challenges Identified by the Office of the Inspector General. Top among the list of top challenges is the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information.

AMA-Backed FSMB Interstate Licensure Compact Still Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Last week, the American Medical Association formally announced their support for the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Interstate Licensure Compact for Telemedicine. To borrow the famous quote from baseball great Yogi Berra, we’re feeling a bit like it’s “déjà vu, all over again” here at Health IT Now.

VA Reform Bill Includes Telemedicine

Today the House Veterans Affairs Committee reached a deal on the VA reform bill. Health IT Now’s Senior Policy Council, James Turner commented on the subject:
 “Health IT Now applauds the House Veterans Affairs Committee for including telemedicine at the core of the VA reform bill. They understand the potential to decrease wait times, improve care, and decrease cost.

Meaningful Use should not be delayed – but if it must, an opportunity to improve

On Monday night, the Health IT Now Coalition submitted comments for the record on the decision to delay the time frame for CMS and ONC’s Meaningful Use program. By extending Stage 2 and delaying Stage 3, we aren’t moving the needle for patients who are seeking improved access to care and decreased costs.

AHIP’s Ignagni: We Need a “Broader Approach” on Licensure

Yesterday at Health Datapalooza, AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni told a large crowd that when it comes to interstate licensure for telemedicine, “we need to begin to think about moving to something more uniform and, across the country, a broader approach.

Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on Telehealth Shows Need to Update Nation’s Laws, Expand Access and Lower Costs

For Immediate Release:
5.1.2014
Contact: Grant Olson
(202) 777 – 3718
Email: [email protected]
Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on Telehealth Shows Need to Update Nation’s Laws, Expand Access and Lower Costs
HITN Calls on Congress to Act
(Washington, D.C.

Joel White Talks FDASIA at DC Health Technology Forum

Health IT Now’s Executive Director, Joel White spoke to the DC Health Technology Forum. Here’s his take:

Last week I spoke to the DC Health Technology Forum with co-presenters Dan Haley from AthenaHealth and Steven Gravely from Troutman Sanders.

The Importance of Telemedicine from the Patient and Provider Perspectives

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 the Health IT Now Coalition hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill that highlighted the need for modernized telemedicine regulations. Panelists included Joel White, Executive Director of Health IT Now; Hope Warshaw, Diabetes Educator; Dr. Larry Merkel, Psychiatrist at the University of Virginia; and Israel Robledo, a Parkinson’s patient.

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